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Asian earthquake: report from the first volunteer British hospital team in Pakistan
  1. S Laverick1,
  2. S Kazmi2,
  3. S Ahktar2,
  4. J Raja3,
  5. S Perera4,
  6. A Bokhari5,
  7. S Meraj6,
  8. K Ayub7,
  9. A da Silva8,
  10. M Pye8,
  11. M Anser9,
  12. J Pye8
  1. 1Regional Maxillofacial Unit, University Hospital Aintree, Liverpool, UK
  2. 2Pakistan Institute of Medical sciences, Islamabad, Pakistan
  3. 3Department of Radiology, St George’s Hospital, London, UK
  4. 4Department of Anaesthesia, University Hospital Aintree, Liverpool, UK
  5. 5Horton Hospital, Banbury, Oxford, UK
  6. 6Wythenshaw Hospital, Manchester, UK
  7. 7University Department of Surgery, Cardiff University, Heath Park, Cardiff, UK
  8. 8Wrexham Maelor Hospital, Wrexham, UK
  9. 9Dental School, Pakistan Institute of Medical sciences, Islamabad, Pakistan
  1. Correspondence to:
 MrSean Laverick
 Maxillofacial Unit, Level 5, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee DD1 9SY, UK; sean.laverick{at}


At 8:52 am on 8 October 2005 a massive earthquake wracked northern Pakistan and Kashmir. Various teams were sent to Islamabad and the disaster region from the UK. We discuss the types of injury patterns seen and recommend that a central register of volunteers should be created to deal with similar situations in the future.

  • APPS, Association of Pakistani Physicians and Surgeons
  • ATLS, advanced trauma life support
  • PIMS, Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences
  • WHO, World Health Organization

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